Coaches’ Etiquette Quick Reference:
- Don’t give any advice to anyone else’s fighter unless there’s a relationship and understanding between you and the other coach. “Only unattached and disloyal guys really care what nonsense trick/tip you have. And if it’s not a trick, don’t think the real coach didn’t already address it.”
- Don’t always refer to what you did when you were training – it comes off like you’re bragging or you’re trying to prove something with words and not focusing on the fighter. You are insecure, fine. But remember that the ONLY thing that matters is the fighter – here and now. Anecdotal information should be limited. Even if it’s you, Roy Jones. Fighters in the present don’t really care about what you did or didn’t do, would do, or wouldn’t do even if he’s asking it to humor you.
- If a fighter solicits your help, tell him to give you his coach’s number and you’ll discuss it with the coach (unless the fighter is actually trying to defect and you are bottom-feeding). There is nothing a coach hates more than a fighter soliciting outside work and not discussing it with his coach first.
- Notify the other coach of the glove and glove size your fighters are using in a tour spar – don’t just assume it’s okay and that the other coach can see that it’s good. (Some coaches don’t even allow some Mexican gloves, especially closing in on a fight date).
- Bring your own coach supplies on tour spars (tape, vaseline, etc.)
- Ask the home coach if you can record sparring before doing it.
- Never deny a fighter you worked with, regardless of how long you worked with him or how embarrassed you may be. It is a complete dishonor to “disclaim” that you just started working with a given boxer, or that the boxer isn’t your guy, to assume it saves you face. In actuality, that does the opposite. If you agree to work a corner, even if it’s on the spot, you are taking on a responsibility. Being there the whole way, even if it’s an 8 minute novice fight, is the only thing that’s respectable. Don’t renege on it.